The country’s science minister has predicted that South Korea will seek to commercialize sixth-generation (6G) services by 2028.

On Tuesday, Science and ICT Minister Lim Hye-sook stated during her address at the Mobile World Congress 2022, a mobile technology trade show currently being held in Barcelona: “We will create a society where all individuals can live their lives to the fullest by providing equal basic rights.”

The Mobile World Congress is one of the world’s three major tech events, along with the Consumer Electronics Show in the United States and IFA in Germany.

“We are continuing our preparations for the 6G era to commercialize 6G from 2028 to 2030 … it will offer a network 50 times faster than the current service and an expanded coverage of up to 10 kilometers above the ground,” Lim said.

South Korea, he said, has made significant advances in 5G network speed and coverage since the country’s first commercialization of 5G services occurred in April 2019.

Ms. Park also noted that her country would move ahead to create a new digital age with metaverse, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and cloud technologies.

During the trip, Information and Communications Minister Seiichi Mina also met with officials from the United States, Finland, and Indonesia to discuss collaboration in 5G, 6G, and the metaverse.

This year’s MWC will be the first in three years since the trade show was canceled in 2020 and held online last year owing to the COVID-19 epidemic.